Today’s route started from the NT car park in Hydon Heath. Eight of us set off in sunshine and walked round the east side of Hydon’s Ball to Fourteen Acre Copse and across the field to Hambledon church. The leader wore Wellingtons, an ominous sign, but though there was mud it was’t that deep. At the church we joined the Greensand Way and headed east to The Hurtwood. Views south from Burgate Hanger were superb. We could see Black Down and the South Downs. At 11 o’clock we stopped for two minutes silence and reflection.
On the walk in the same area on July 31 I noted that near Vann Hill two signs (Private Property No Trespassing) had been removed. Now there is a large red board with white text saying PRIVATE PROPERTY. The blue bridleway arrow has been moved to a better position so it is not hidden by a hedge and is now clearly visible.
We turned north in The Hurtwood on the bridleway, crossed Mare Hill and continued on the bridleway past Hascombe Court (now the site of extensive work to redevelop the gardens, restore listed buildings and extend the main house) to High Barn. At the road (B2130) we turned left on the bridleway to Juniper Valley and joined a footpath that headed SW back to the car park.